handmaiden handmaiden

Definition(s):

  1. (n) in a subordinate position
  2. (n) a personal maid or female attendant

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Usage(s):

  1. The central government, far from being an effective regulator, serves mostly as a handmaiden to a powerful group of oligarchs, making it that much easier for the rich to get richer.
  2. For a Hollywood obsessed with blockbusters, it's both handmaiden and counterweighta broad new distribution channel but one that gives equal billing to small and independent films.
  3. In the wreckage left by World War II, the Bretton Woods institutions and the Marshall Plan were premised on the idea that economic development was the handmaiden to peace.

News

  • How Did the U.S. Lose the Egyptian People?

    So here’s a question that’s nagging at me as we watch millions of Egyptians express their loathing for Mohamed Mursi, their hapless, power-grabbing president, and for his Muslim Brotherhood movement: How exactly did the U.S. come to be seen by Egyptian secularists and liberals as the handmaiden of a cultish fundamentalist political party whose motto includes this heartening sentiment: “Jihad is ...
    on July 3, 2013     Source: Bloomberg

Quotes

  1. "The (military appointed interim) government is unfortunately perceived by many in the Fijian heartland as the handmaiden of Mr Chaudhry," Mr Madraiwiwi, who is indigenous, said. "Many Fijians are convinced this was an Indo Fijian coup. Still...
    on Jun 11, 2007 By: Joni Madraiwiwi Source: Stuff.co.nz

  2. "Under the previous administration, the oil and gas companies were [essentially] kings of the world, with Interior their handmaiden," Salazar said. "Those from the industry who are crying out are simply crying because we are being thoughtful...
    on Jan 6, 2010 By: Ken Salazar Source: Salt Lake Tribune

  3. The Olympic Charter also directs the IOC to "oppose any political or commercial abuse of sport and athletes", said Tancredo, adding "it's disappointing that the IOC seems to be more interested in acting as a foreign policy handmaiden for...
    on Jun 16, 2007 By: Tom Tancredo Source: GamesBids.com

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periphery periphery
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